Joe Judge is a man of his word.
After Ole Miss defeated Mississippi State, 31-24, last Saturday in the annual Egg Bowl, the head coach wore the winning team's gear during Friday's video conference with the media. It was the result of a bet with tight end Evan Engram, who broke all of the major receiving records for a tight end in Rebels history.
Judge began his coaching career at Mississippi State, his alma mater, where he was a graduate assistant from 2005-07. He played football for the Bulldogs from 2000-04, earning three letters. His wife, Amber, is also a former Mississippi State soccer player.
Mississippi State was 1-4 against Ole Miss in Judge's playing days. Eli Manning quarterbacked three of those Egg Bowls.
"Before we get started, I guess I'll just explain this ridiculous outfit I'm wearing," Judge said at the beginning of his press conference. "This is the consequence of losing a bet in a rivalry game with Evan."
"Hotty Toddy, baby," Engram chimed in with the Ole Miss cheer.
"He showed up just in time," Judge said. "Otherwise, he was walking around with a cowbell all week. It was one or the other. That being said, I'll open it up to any questions you guys have."